The Unknown Benefits Of Black Elderberry Syrup

The Unknown Benefits Of Black Elderberry Syrup

Black Elderberry as a Curative-

The benefits of Black Elderberry Syrup  are relatively unknown, as one of the most effective medicinal plants for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections and fever. It also stimulates the immune system, and has shown some activity in preliminary trials against herpes and HIV viruses.

Traditionally, this plant was, and is now, used medicinally by many native peoples and herbalists. Every part of the plant from the stembark, leaves, flowers, fruits, and root extracts are used to treat a variety of  illnesses such as bronchitis, upper respiratory cold infections, cough and fever.

Because of its wide variety of uses, elder bushes became a part of many homestead plantings, often growing alongside lilacs and fruit trees. We can still find ancient elder bushes on abandoned farmsteads, along roadsides, usually in moist areas such as near stream beds.

Elderberry was apparently a useful plant even in prehistoric times: Evidence of its cultivation is found in Stone Age village sites in Italy and Switzerland.

In European history, gypsies reportedly called elderberry “the tree that heals.” Hippocrates wrote about it among the prominent plants of his Materia Medica, and other ancient writers mentioned it for treating various diseases. Native Americans used elderberries to treat rheumatism, sciatica, coughs and other conditions.

Virologist Madeleine Mumcuoglu M.D. has studied elderberry for most of her career and discovered the key active ingredient, which she found effective against flu viruses. She developed a product called Sambucol, which contains the antiviral compound AntiVirin extracted from black elderberry. 

A study that was published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, revels that black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) was shown to be effective for treating Influenza B.

Another study published in 2004 effectively showed that 93% of flu patients given the extract were completely symptom-free within two days. Further studies continue to confirm the beneficial effect of elderberry on Influenza. 

The Unknown Benefits Of Black Elderberry Syrup

What Is Black Elderberry?

Sambucus nigra is a species complex of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae.  It grows in a variety of conditions including both wet and dry fertile soils, primarily in sunny locations. Common names include elder, elderberry, black elder, European elder,European elderberry and European black elderberry.

More than a dozen Sambucus species are native to Canada and the United States, while European red elder, S. racemosa, and black elder, S. nigra, are immigrants. One of our natives, common elder, Sambucus canadensis, bears dark purple berries and is the variety most often used in wine, pies, preserves and medicine.

Black Elderberry Syrup-Immune Support for the Whole Season

Black Elderberries have been recognized for centuries for their immune supportive properties.* Gaia Herbs uses Certified Organic European Black Elderberries to create a juice concentrate that provides the equivalent of 14,500 mg of fresh elderberries per serving.BlackElderberrySyrup

This delicious syrup – that also includes natural Vitamin C from Acerola cherries, contains no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup. 

Personal Experience

I can remember as a child, seeing these plants growing everywhere in the forest clearings of my native state of Virginia. They are extremely prolific and the local wildlife (birds especially) loved them!

I came down with a nasty flu recently and was really miserable. On day three, I  started taking Black Elderberry Syrup. By day four I was 70% better. Most of my symptoms (including a terrible cough) were in my congested chest area – along with the well known whole body aches, pains and fever.

Not only did this syrup soothe my throat almost immediately and keep the coughing at bay for hours, but it allowed me to get some much needed rest, as it helped to sooth the cough and start to break up the congestion in my upper respiratory area. Then the fever broke, and I was on my way to a speedy recovery.

This is an amazing product! I highly recommend it to everyone, not only for colds or flu, but as immune support and preventative.

This is easily one of the best herbal remedies I’ve ever used, in my many years of research and use. You can purchase Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup at



PS: I hope you enjoyed this article- If you have any questions  or want to leave your own personal comments, join the conversation below, I want to hear your thoughts on Black Elderberry Syrup !


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Wow!! what an interesting site so much good health information and it is a great read. I love the images you have used as they are clear and relevant to your various topics. I learned about plants (such as the Elderberry) being effective medicinal plants for preventing and treating a variety of diseases. I realize that this is a difficult topic due the ever present Big brother FDA and the Pharmaceutical companies interests in profits from symptom management rather than disease eradication and low cost natural solutions. So keep up the great work. Have booked marked to revisit. 🙂


    Hi Peter and thanks for stopping by. I am diligently working to bring the latest and greatest of these old remedies to light for those who want to break the bonds of big pharma and live a healthy lifestyle. The earth provides what we need, we just have to find and recognize it! Keep checking in as we will be adding even more remedies and folk medicines very soon…

Mia Boyd

Thank-you for the information on Black Elderberry Syrup. I’ve been hearing a lot about elderberries recently and their healing properties. Judging by what you’ve researched in your article, it definitely sounds like a super food! I’d love to see if it could do my health some good, especially for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections and fever. Like you said, it’s one of the most effective medicinal plants for so many malady’s that I will start using it just as a preventative!



    Hi Mia- Traditionally, this plant was, and is now, used medicinally by many native peoples and herbalists. Every part of the plant from the stembark, leaves, flowers, fruits, and root extracts are used to treat a variety of illnesses, so I take it as a preventative myself and have seen some amazing results!


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